Jet d'eau. An original name, no? Means "Water Fountain." This particular fountain is Geneva's landmark extraordinaire. According to Geneva's tourism site, the fountain was "originally a simple security valve at the Coulouvrenière hydraulic factory... In 1891, it was transferred to the 'Rade', to become a major tourist attraction. However, it was not until 1951 that it was provided with an autonomous pumping station, propelling 500 litres of water per second to a height of 140 metres at a speed of 200 km per hour (124 miles/h). Eight 9,000-watt projectors light the fountain’s majestic column in the evening as it soars skywards."
The Jet d'eau is located on the Quai du Général-Guisan and, on a clear day, can be seen for miles. When I flew into Geneva, we approached from the northern end of Lake Geneva and I could see it for several nautical miles. I'll feature an evening photo of this fountain tomorrow.
Photo copyright: Janet Kincaid, 07/09